25 Absurd Superstitions People Actually Believe.
Superstitions promote a bizarre, narrow-minded way of thinking and in all honesty that’s never good. Even though we’re living in the age of “technological and scientific enlightenment” where logic and reason are the only criterion in most societies, there are people who still believe in strange superstitions. Case in point, here are 25 superstitions that many people from around the world appear to believe or are just too afraid to reject completely.
20. The Blarney Stone, Ireland
The Blarney Stone is a block of carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, near Cork, Ireland. According to Irish folk traditions, kissing the stone gives the kisser the gift of the gab, and thus he or she becomes a major player in the flirting game. Apparently many people believe this superstition because the castle receives a respectable number of tourists every year mainly thanks to the stone.
15. Djucu, CuraÃ§ao
Though it’s just a brown black nut from the sea, a djucu is known as a “lucky stone” that warms up when rubbed. Locals on the Caribbean island of CuraÃ§ao use the stone as a good luck charm and believe it will help them become rich by gambling. The results however, say otherwise.
10. Flying Dutchman, Netherlands
Most of you who happen to be soccer fans are probably familiar with the phrase “flying Dutchman” via legendary players Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten who gained this nickname during their incredible careers. However, the “Flying Dutchman” is a popular superstition that some tend to believe even today. The “Flying Dutchman” is a legendary ghost ship that was lost back in the seventeenth century and according to legend it can never reach port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. A few unverified rumors of people who claimed to see the ghost ship while fishing help to keep this legend alive to this day.
5. Himmelsbrief, Unknown Origin
Himmelsbrief or “heaven’s letter” as it’s also known, is the name of some religious documents that, according to Christian folklore, have been written by God or a divine agent who worked for God. As you probably realize, these “documents” miraculously fall from the sky one morning and God Himself protects the people who find them. They are particularly popular in the Amish community of Pennsylvania.